Philanthropy matters for


One of the most tangible signs of a university’s ascendance is the addition of new and renovated facilities that facilitate students, faculty and staff in their pursuit of academic, athletic and creative excellence.

Building the Future of Legal Education in Houston. “A building is more than bricks and mortar. It is the corporeal manifestation of who we are and who we aspire to be.” This statement by dean of the UH Law Center (UHLC), Leonard M. Baynes, truly epitomizes the grit behind the Houston Law Building’s “More Than Bricks” Campaign. The new Law Center building will represent the true scholarship and educational experiences reflective of 21st century law education.

Demonstrating the investment of the University and the legal community, the new building will attract high-caliber students and faculty to a technology-focused building. Perhaps most importantly, this capital improvement could propel the UHLC into the top 30 of law schools nationwide.

Agrawals Engineer New Era for College. With student enrollment projected to double by 2025, the Cullen College of Engineering received a welcome gift of support from Regent Durga D. and Sushila Agrawal to fund ongoing faculty and student research and building operations. In recognition, the engineering building at UH will be renamed the Durga D. and Sushila Agrawal Engineering Research Building. Durga D. Agrawal (M.S. ’69, Ph.D. ’74), founder of Piping Technology & Products Inc., is optimistic about the gift’s long-term impact. “As alumni, we must keep the torch of knowledge, excellence and innovation growing and glowing.”

The Agrawals’ generous support of the Cullen College of Engineering was instrumental in helping secure a $10 million gift from HPE (Hewlett Packard Enterprise) to benefit the University’s Data Science Institute. In recognition of the newly formed partnership between UH and HPE, the UH Data Science Institute will be renamed the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Data Science Institute, which will be housed in the Durga D. and Sushila Agrawal Engineering Research Building. The gift from HPE will allow students to broaden their academic experiences, engaging in work ranging from health care diagnostics and imaging to improving the safety of offshore drilling.